Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Encouraging respectful collaboration in the technology era.
Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to working with students and staff members to create a 21st century learning environment. To support this goal, students and staff members are able to access our wireless network with their personal devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets, smart phones, etc.) during the school day. FCPS has implemented a self-registration process that auto-directs devices to a secure, pre-determined network during the registration process. Once connected, students will have access to FCPS resources on their personal devices. Students who need help to register their device should see their school technology support team.
With classroom teacher approval, students may use their own devices to access the Internet and collaborate with other students. By allowing students to use their own technology on campus, we are hoping to increase access so that all students have to the technology they need to succeed.
Student participation in BYOD is governed by the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) document. Parents and students are required to read and accept the acceptable use policy for student network access within the SR&R document. BYOD permission is now acknowledged by signing the parent or guardian signature sheet.
During the School Day
Students will use their registered devices to complete in class activities, check FCPS 24-7, complete homework, collaborate in real time, complete research for projects, access websites with curriculum-related content, keep track of classroom assignments, and record journal entries and other approved instructional activities.
Students should only bring personal devices for a specific use in classes where the teacher has permitted them. Unless otherwise noted, devices are not to be used in open areas (hallways, cafeteria, locker rooms, bathrooms, stairwells, etc.)
Security, Theft, or Damage
Devices are the sole responsibility of the student. FCPS accepts no responsibility for the security or safety of the device. Students are responsible for the security of the device. Teachers and other staff members will not store or hold onto devices. School technology support or teachers will not support, repair, or troubleshoot student devices.
Policy for Charging Personally-Owned Devices During the School Day
It is recommended that personally owned devices come to school with a full charge. Students should be made aware that the school is not responsible to provide an opportunity or the necessary power to charge their device during the school day.
Application (Apps) and Software Used in the Classroom
FCPS does not provide or require apps or software for personally-owned devices. Classroom lessons will be tailored for the technology that all students have access to. If possible, a student may choose to complete the same lesson on their personal device. The Internet browser built into the personally owned devices can be used to access the FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) system and the FCPS Google Apps for Education application.
If a Device is Damaged at School
The student will put the device away and take it home at the end of the school day where the student and parent can troubleshoot the device. FCPS has limited resources and cannot provide comprehensive support for the wide variety of devices allowed under this program.
Internet Content Filtering
To facilitate instruction and practice internet safety, FCPS’s Internet connection is protected by an Internet content filter. Cellular data plans do not use FCPS’s Internet connection and therefore do not use FCPS’s Internet content filter. Students should only use the FCPS WiFi Internet connection with their BYOD device while on FCPS property.
Purchasing a Device for Your Child
Personally owned devices are a supplement to the equipment already in use in the classroom. BYOD is an optional program and parents are not required to purchase a device for their child. However, parents who are considering technology purchases for their students may want to explore the Technology@Home program. While FCPS does not recommend specific technology products, Technology@Home enables FCPS students and staff members to purchase and download technology products for home use directly from vendors at discount rates. It includes computers, software, and other technology products.
Activity Monitoring of BYOD Devices
The BYOD wireless system, FCPS Onboard, is used solely for device registration, not device management and, therefore, doesn’t provide FCPS the capability to monitor activities on BYOD devices. The purpose of the system is to provide an easy-to-use mechanism to register BYOD devices to allow students and employees the ability to use their own device on the FCPS enterprise wireless network and Internet.
During the registration process, information such as IP address and MAC address are collected and logged. This information would be used to locate a device if it is misplaced or if inappropriate activity, in possible violation of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), was traced back to a particular device on the network. It is not the intention of FCPS to actively manage, monitor, or access BYOD devices. In situations where there is a potential AUP violation, FCPS does reserve the right to investigate all devices and activities on the FCPS network, including BYOD devices, to determine if any wrongdoing occurred.
- Read and accept the acceptable use policy for student network access within the SR&R document.
- Charge their device overnight before bringing it to school.
- When at school use FCPS WiFi only.
- Keep your device with you. Don't lend it to anyone.
- Get your teachers' permission before using your personal device.
- Know which apps will work for which purposes. Teachers will not suggest apps.
- Get parent approval before installing new apps. Schools will not require specific apps.
- Use for class-related purposes ONLY. No social media, etc.
- Respect no-use areas (bathrooms, locker rooms, etc.)
- Troubleshoot your own device-ask your parent for help, not your teacher.
- Secure your device using lockers or other approved methods.
- Remember this a PRIVILEGE that can be removed at any time.
Suggested Use of Devices
- Access FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard).
- Keep organized.
- Manage daily agenda.
- Set reminders for long-term assignments.
- Access online textbooks for mathematics and social studies.
- Build and practice vocabulary.
- Take note.
- Study from notes and flashcards.
- Read books and articles.
- Listen to books on line (with personal earbuds).
- Use tools (calculators, dictionary, thesaurus, stopwatch).
- Conduct research.
- Look up current events.
- Take Horizon assessments.
- Capture images.
- Document events.